String Through vs Top Load Discussion in 'V.C. Senior Member . My tele knowledge is limited. Clear editor. Posts: 3. By If it seems that the overall consensus in the guitar world is that string through is better than top load, then are all Les Pauls and all the other guitars with tune-o-matic bridges inferior? Display as a link instead, × I'm all for that. User Name: Remember Me? Flip it inside out and it's good for a second use!   Pasted as rich text. The last word on the bridge subject is that string through produces superior tone, but top load sounds much better. 18Watts My A_ _ TDPRI Member. hanknc. True? That's like reusing a condom - yuck! I'd bet Cobalt's social security check this topic could easily be as volatile as a debate on tone woods. IMHO and in comparing a top-loader versus same scale string through, a top loader has a slightly looser feel, and is slightly easier to bend. Top loading makes for quicker string changes but doesn't give very much down force as the string crosses over the saddle. If it were, I suspect Les Paul's wouldn't have the stop bar tailpiece and be strung through the body instead. You should post more often. Same guitar shape, same number of frets, same neck material, same scale length, same single string tree holding down the B and high E, same string saddle type. Elias Graves, January 18, 2012 in Electric Guitars. That extra down force on the saddles can't be a bad thing. I've had and have both. load guitars are easier to play compared to string-thru. Apr 10, 2020 #2 FYI You can find a nice used G&L Legacy hardtail for about the same as a Cray. Thanks very much!! © 1995-2019 Harmony Central, Inc. All rights reserved. my strat has a telie bridge, top loader, zing zing zing! If you're playing in standard tuning a top load will be fine. I Gotta Know! More to the point, it was an oddball configuration that could be used as either a top loader or a string through, and Mr. Totally unproven points for Top Loader: - Didn't feel as rigid - More sustain - Harmonics seemed purer Tele bridges are huge. As far as two like-to-like guitars are concerned, this is as c… More sustain or a quicker string change? I'd like opinions. Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible. Upload or insert images from URL. An example of this on the low-cost end of things is the Squier Bullet Telecaster vs. Squier Affinity Telecaster. first 3 tops/last 3 bottoms. I string though, because that's how it's done. Apr 10, … What I noticed when I did string thru on my '51 is that the body vibrated more...versus hearing saddles rattling. Reuse strings? That is open for debate; in fact, that’s where much of that controversy between string-through and top-load arises from. My tele knowledge is limited. Reactions: Gig Young. Strung-through-body instruments have essentially an entrapped afterlength – or at least a super-short afterlength, if you assume the string is terminated when it enters the body as it passes through the bridge. Short of that, buying a guitar, I prefer string through to top loader, but I own several top loaders. Mar 31, 2015 Monroe WA. Page chose to use it as a top load. Posts: 6,231 Top Load vs String Through? Any real advantage? You can post now and register later. Age: 61 3,513. Messages 4,639. Any real advantage? String Through Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by 18Watts My A_ _, Mar 29, 2007. Reason is that the longer wire is closer to it's breakage point than the shorter one at the same tension and pitch, on the same scale. That's a very good point, but there is a slight difference in sustain when LP users wrap their strings over the top of the stop bar instead of the Factory way. Top Loader Vs. Is one inherently better than the other? Top loader is just so simple, I like simple. Jim Campilongo doesn't seem to have any problems with top-loader Teles. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Steve NB Squier Talker. Yep.   Your link has been automatically embedded. Putting that aside, the concept of added energy transfer seems pretty intuitive. Top Load vs String Through? 85. Is this "something" or not really much to think about? Davey Squier-holic. I would personally prefer string through the body. I don't hear any dramatic difference. I like the way you think. I was scared I might break a string during a gig and lose a ferrule so I'd stick a strip of duct tape on top of them. Oinkus Member. The Fender US Standard bridges can be top load or string through.


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